Blessington Lakes
Blessington Lakes
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Alan C
Kildare, Ireland190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
One for people who love the outdoors. The lakes and the surrounding area are stunning, and you can take a carefree stroll around them and it’s a great opportunity for some great photographs. In particular On a nice day the Blessington lakes will provide you with great way of taken a relaxing walk around and to enjoy the outdoors. Located not to far from the likes of Glendalough, Powerscourt house and waterfall either. You can definitely spend a day here and enjoy the lakes and surrounding hills and mountains, worth making a day of it and visiting here.
Written July 12, 2020
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CIARB
John O'Groats, UK216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Friends
Many tourists visit Dublin and then head for the West towards Galway or Kerry. If they only knew it, there is an area just 20 miles south of the Capital that is just as beautiful - Blessington and its lake. Nearby is Glendalough and Sally Gap.
Written December 17, 2015
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Judith38Cork_Ireland
Cork, Ireland131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is so peaceful but it has hidden depths!!! The history of the place is wonderful and poignant.
Written February 4, 2012
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Rosemary W
Dublin, Ireland26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
The new Blessington Greenway walk links Blessington Village with the Palladian mansion at Russborough House. You start the walk at Blessington- a short walk along the footpath to the Avon Ri Activity Centre where the actual trail begins. The path goes along the shores of the Lakes and through forest and natural woodland. Along the way, it crosses an ancient medieval Ringfort, It then crosses the Valleymount Road (R758) and finishes just across the road from Russborough House. The walk is flat - approx. 6.5 km in length and is suitable for all ages. Depending on your pace, it will take approx. 1.5 - 2 hours. There are beautiful views of the lakes and mountains along the way and a very nice cafe in Russborough House for some refreshment when you finish! Where possible, it's a good idea to have 2 cars - one to be left at Russborough House, as the walk is a linear one.
Car parking at Russborough is free of charge, but there is an 'honesty box' for donations in the carpark.
Written August 30, 2014
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Connel42
Wicklow5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011
We rented a boat for the day from Blessington Lake Boat Hire €65 for the whole day with everything provided.
They are locate in the beautiful village of Ballyknockan and have direct access to the lake.
We motored for a while but decided to row mostly as it was so peaceful.
We pulled up on a beach and had a picnic. The kids loved practising their rowing. All so safe and peaceful. Later we tried our hand at some fishing as we rented a couple of rods also. Only one tiddler caught. Fantastic dat out - will definately come back again.
Written February 8, 2012
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edwardl39
United Kingdom47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
The scenery has to be seen to be believed. The sun was shining and we loved it. PS I Love you and Leap Year were both filmed around here and I am not surprised!
Written October 15, 2015
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Valery H
Dublin, Ireland20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
The new walk being created around the Blessington Lakes is wonderful - not just because its very close to home for me so I can enjoy a ramble without having to travel too far, but also because the views of the lakes and mountains beyond are spectacular. Early yesterday morning I took off in the sunshine to enjoy some time to myself. But I was never completely alone. There were a few people out walking enthusiastic dogs. Across the lake on the golf course at Tulfarris there were some early birds. On the water itself there were no fewer than five boats with crews sculling for all their worth, the gentle swish of the oars audible from time to time across the calm lake. Further along the path which runs in and out of woodland, I heard the lapping of soft waves onto the shore - the culmination of ripples extending across the water from the oars which passed earlier. Then around a bend down by the shore two fishermen had settled themselves for a few hours of peace and tranquillity in the growing warmth of the sun. Although there were activities and people along the way, I still enjoyed a lot of the walk to myself. If I'd had the time I could have carried on past Russelstown, across the Valleymount Road, along the track until I reached the Avon Ri Hotel - where a coffee is the goal of most walkers.

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Written March 23, 2015
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Gary M
County Wicklow, Ireland6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
Lots to see and do, rent a fishing boat go kayaking or sailing or use the green way for a lake side walk.
Written July 12, 2016
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Usha C
London, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Travelling by motorbike (as we did) the lakes are only 35 mins from Dublin city. In the car, add on a few minutes.

When we reached Blessington early on a Sunday morning (8.30am) we decided to do Lake Drive first, the road that takes you all the way around the lakes (about 6-8km). It's a perfect way to get the most amazing views of the lakes. So beautiful - a must-do! We were 'blessed' by a warm sunny day. :)

We then decided to go up to Russborough House just to have an overview of the place. This is a great place to visit with kids for a whole day out we realised, so intend to come back with family. We didn't go in but the house from the outside is stunning and the grounds had so many outdoor activities yet surrounded by tranquility and natural beauty.

Next and final stop was the Avon Ri resort which had the Waterfront restaurant. We had a coffee, got changed and the nice girl behind reception allowed us to store our motorbike gear in her office. We went on the Woodland Walk. Really recommend it - wear decent trainers and take a light jacket to throw on for the cooler/shadier parts of the walk.

All in all a truly wonderful part of Ireland. When the weather's good I suppose everything seems great but this area is genuinely beautiful.

A Tip - you can hire bikes, sedgeways, go sailing, rowing or take the kids to the swimming pool, but don't expect to turn up and have these things available. I'd advise calling to reserve in advance.
Written May 29, 2016
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Lora K
Novo Mesto, Slovenia80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
My friends and I came here for a day out of the Dublin centre. We bought food, got on the bus and drove about an hour to one the lakes. We walked a bit and when we got to the spot by the lake we really liked we "camped" there for a couple of hours. We had a wee picnic and admired the sceic view in front of us. The only thing I wasn't too impressed with is poor signage - we were confused about where exactly we were and where we were going the entire time!
Written October 10, 2015
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